The about 900 students from throughout the country who have chosen to join the nine B.Tech programmes and the B. Arch programme at the National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T) can look forward to merging themselves in the local milieu during their first month on the campus.

This year, the NIT-T has planned a month-long orientation encompassing motivational lectures, conduct of bridge courses, visits to various departments, first aid training by Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), disaster management training by experts, visits to places of archaeological importance in Tiruchi and Thanjavur districts, industrial visit to BHEL, and initiation into yoga, exercises, martial arts, games, cultural, and recreational activities.

Like every year, Director S. Sundarrajan, faculty, staff, and students would welcome the new entrants and their parents on the first day on July 29.

A new trend

But unlike in the past when the orientation was only for a day when students had to keep listening to the speeches of the Institute Director, Deans, and Heads of Departments, the drawn-out duration of orientation this time would enable first-year students bond among themselves better and feel at home at the earliest, say the NIT-T authorities.

The NIT-T has prevailed upon the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu to depute enough number of coaches for a month to engage the hundreds of students simultaneously in basket ball, volley ball, hand ball, kho kho, kabadi, tennis, hockey, and cricket.

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